Bitterroot River Guides blog getting some new material up today, good stories and pictures from the past month or so of Montana trout fishing. Time flies when you are out on the water everyday, it can take awhile to get the pictures off the ol' camera and edited into flyfishing gold. Check it out here!
Chris, Jed, and I are all major fans of throwing the big ugly bugs. This is not a secret and should surprise very few people. Many a day I have to commit to flicking the dry flies with the thought of thundering streamer hits luring me back to the dark side. All it takes is one big subsurface fish to keep me throwing the junk and only one tiny little baby Cutthroat on a hopper to make me GO BACK to throwing the junk. Despite this blatant prejudice in favor of streamers there are some variables that complicate the decision somewhat. What Are They???
Fooled by the Bugger
Season: While many streamer enthusiasts consider Fall to be the golden season for fishing the big bug it is hardly the exclusive season for the streamer. The Browns are definitely more active this time of year and have their feeding patterns set on 'kill' but what about the same fish two months ago? Is he just going to let that sculpin pattern limp feebly past his logjam unscathed? Probably not a chance under high heaven. And what about those voracious Rainbows in the riffle corners? Damm straight they are up there FEEDING and whether its a grasshopper or a sparkle minnow makes no difference. Strip strip strip BOOM!
Hatches: Far more important than time of year, in my experience, is the presence of some kind of heavy aquatic insect hatch. A great Spruce moth hatch, flotillas of Green Drakes, or active Goldenstones will attract the trouts attention so much that they will largely ignore even the best presented minnow pattern. Can't really blame the fish for this acute pea-brained decision: With so much helpless pasta n meatballs floating on the surface its not worth the effort to chase down and kill able-bodied fishes. While this happens infrequently it is not something for us dirt-dredgers to resent: Fishing dry flies to rising trout is what got us into flyfishing in the first place, dammit! Get rid of that yellow gummy and the fast sink line and go pick some heads out of a pod! Do it!
Fooled by the Dry